Students will be judged, whether it's by the Common Core assessments or by future employers or by those who read their Facebook status updates. So in addition to NoRedInk, here are some other grammar-related resources
Can students produce their own learning content? Cathy Davidson (@cathyndavidson) thinks so, and has been challenging educators to make this happen. Last semester I modestly attempted answer her call by asking my students to create their own annotated critical edition of a literary text. This assignment was part of a “Literary Research” seminar, a gateway course that introduces students to research methodologies for the literature major. One of its pedagogical goals is to train students to recognize how the critical reception of a text changes over time.
Meet SparkTruck, an “educational build-mobile” for the twenty-first century. Dreamed up by a group of Stanford d.school students and funded through Kickstarter, SparkTruck is a mobile maker space currently traveling across the United States.
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
Yet as I looked around this public school facility, I saw peeling paint, rust, and areas clearly in need of repair. So while legislators everywhere are cutting funds for education and laying off teachers right and left—here come another class of new kindergartners. Will most of them be as lucky in their school and teacher as I think Lila will be? Will most get the nurturing and careful attention that will help them gain both skills and confidence? Will they be in small classes that will allow for such nurturing? I suspect that all too often the answer to these questions is no.
It’s Day 3 today, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Though I think of myself as fairly comfortable with technology, it makes me anxious to look at what’s in store for the week: in addition to Google Docs, I’ll also be tweeting and blogging, making a video (which, except for Jing or Camtasia screen-shot tutorials, I’ve only done in a workshop), and trying to figure out the purpose of Storify (which I’ve vaguely heard of but never seen).
Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.
Last summer at this time, Zoe Rodriguez spoke almost no English. Newly arrived with her family from Venezuela, she enrolled at Cincinnati’s Kings High School as an ESL student. Very soon, Zoe’s art teacher Kelly Shields discovered that Zoe was also a very talented photographer. That discovery—and a commitment to help her new student practice English—was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
“Ms. Shields is more than my teacher,” explained Zoe, as she showed Mariana (Manager of Affiliate Services) and me around the Illustration and Design Summer Intensives show at Parsons The New School for Design. “She is my friend.”
Zoe and Ms. Shields teamed up to make sure that this rising senior submitted her work to the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where Zoe earned not only a Gold Key for her photograph “pelirroja“, but also a coveted ASAP Award to attend a four-week program in the heart of Greenwich Village—her first time in the Big Apple.
Unlike some of the other MOOCs that have launched in recent months – particularly those headline-grabbing efforts from Stanford (and Coursera and Udacity) – this “Mechanical MOOC” will not force learners into a centralized website that recreates the LMS experience, where all the official lessons, lectures, discussions and assignments are supposed to take place. Instead, the content for this MOOC is linked from the original sources and distributed via an email list managed by P2PU
A position opens on an important campus committee, and the provost would like someone from the library to fill the position. Or a library staff member with over thirty years of service to the library is retiring, and her supervisor decides to throw a party for her. Or a student comes to the Reference desk with a complex question just before 5:00 p.m. on a Friday. How the librarians and library staff respond to these scenarios, the way a campus committee position is filled, the amount of effort put forth in planning and attendance at a party, and the willingness of a librarian to stay late to help a student, are dictated by the organizational culture of the library. What the library values as an organization builds and shapes this culture which in turn molds and prescribes members’ actions. Culture can impede or facilitate change, unite or divide members, and cause the library to achieve or fail at its mission. For these reasons, organizational culture is an important concept for librarians to understand.
A tattoo is basically forever. You should think pretty hard before you get one, because it's largely an irreversible decision. Just about every choice you make with your project and your career, though, doesn't last forever.
Brewster Kahle never had to work again after selling his company to Amazon for a quarter-billion dollars in the dot-com boom. But he then began working on building the world's biggest digital library, earning him a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame.
I’ve spent the past few months reporting on platforms that help school librarians make ebooks available to their patrons. But what about librarians and other educators who want to go beyond a read-only experience and enable their students to easily create, share—and even market—their very own slick, tablet-ready graphical ebooks and mobile apps? Enter Aerbook Maker.
I don’t need to tell you that students Google everything. If there’s a research project to be done, Google is almost certainly the first stop. I don’t mind that students use Google—most of the time it’s my first stop, too. But I do want students to understand how Google works so that they interpret their search results wisely.